Elder Reeve succumbs

Elder Rex C. Reeve, emeritus General Authority, who served for more than a decade as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, died July 18, 2005, in Salt Lake City. He was 90 years old.

Elder Reeve was sustained April 1, 1978, to the First Quorum of the Seventy, and was granted emeritus status on Sept. 30, 1989 — among some of the first General Authorities to receive emeritus status because of "factors of age and health." (Please see Oct. 7, 1989, Church News.)

The son of Arthur H. and Mary Cropper Reeve, he was born in Hinckley, Utah, on Nov. 23, 1914. In his boyhood and youth, he drove a hay wagon and had a newspaper route. Growing up during the Depression, he saw the bank come and take the family's sheep. "Since those days, I have had a healthy respect for staying out of debt. I have never felt much like plunging," he said at the time of his calling as a General Authority. (Please see May 6, 1978, Church News.)

On Feb. 19, 1937, he married Phyllis Mae Nielsen in the Salt Lake Temple. They were the parents of seven children, 38 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Sister Reeve died Oct. 11, 2001. Elder Reeve was employed by the Arden Sunfreeze Creameries, later known as Meadow Gold Dairy. He worked with the company for 40 years. A lifetime Scouter, who was one of the first Eagle Scouts in his county, he served on the Greater Salt Lake Boy Scout Council and received the Silver Beaver Award.

At the time of his calling as a General Authority, Elder Reeve was serving as president of the California Anaheim Mission. Before that, he had served for seven years as a regional representative. He was also a former counselor in the Jordan River Utah Temple presidency, patriarch, stake president, counselor in stake presidencies and bishop. As a General Authority, he served as executive administrator of the British Isles and South Africa, and as president of the North America Northeast, North America Central and North America Northwest areas. He was also an assistant executive director of the Temple Department.

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